In the film from which there is no escape and no going back, The
Matrix, the writer-director team of Andy and Larry Wachowski
presented a grim choice between truth and illusion.
Writing may be fighting, as Ishmael Reed famously opined, but most
writers know the difference. There are, of course, some who blur the
In 1981 Carolyn Forché published a slim collection of verse, her
second, titled The Country Between Us.
From the mid to the late 1920s, the German painter Christian Schad
produced a group of paintings like little else in modern art.
This week, all true movie lovers will rush to see a violent and
fantastic special-effects thriller, in which a character endowed with
uncanny powers rips through the veil of illusion that is no
Few traditions are more American than freedom of speech and the right to
Americans who oppose the Cheney-Bush junta demonstrate sanity, not cowardice.
In the current national climate, the notion that Washington might learn
from the experience of former Soviet leaders Nikita Khrushchev or
Mikhail Gorbachev would strike most as ludicrous.
It is agonizingly difficult to write about one's hometown as it drowns
in flames and suffocates with smoke.